Guarantee or not, McCarthy confident for next Giants clash

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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The New York Giants have spoiled a pair of previous postseasons for the Packers, but Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is confident this Sunday's playoff clash will be different.

Quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants beat Green Bay in the playoffs in both 2007 and 2011 en route to upset Super Bowl victories.

More recently, McCarthy's NFC North champions defeated the wild card Giants 23-16 in Week Five this season, and are 4.5-point favorites for Sunday's game.

"I am just focused on the team that we played earlier in the year and focused on the team that we are going to beat on Sunday," McCarthy said in a conference call to reporters at the Giants practice facility on Wednesday.

That was how the transcriber and many reporters heard McCarthy's comment, although later the Giants public relations department amended it to a benign, "focused on the team that we are going to be on Sunday."

Regardless, both the Giants and Packers are riding hot form heading into their Lambeau Field showdown in expected frigid conditions in Wisconsin.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (10-6) ran the table after slipping to 4-6, winning their last six behind a sensational finish by the quarterback, who tossed 15 touchdown passes and no interceptions over the closing streak.

He finished with a league-leading 45 touchdowns and six interceptions.   Continued...

Oct 4, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stands on the sidelines during action against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports